Aakash Chopra

Former India opening batter

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Why has Dhoni lost his one-day mojo?
Why has Dhoni lost his one-day mojo?

His dot-ball percentage in the middle overs has gone up, and he is taking fewer singles than he used to

Knight Riders' tactics not good enough
Knight Riders' tactics not good enough

Aakash Chopra looks at the team compositions, the bowling and batting opening combinations, and some of the important players from the second qualifier in Bengaluru

How Pune filled a Stokes-sized hole
How Pune filled a Stokes-sized hole

Aakash Chopra analyses tactics from the first qualifier between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant at the Wankhede

Why Malinga has lost his sting, and a vintage big-hitting demo
Why Malinga has lost his sting, and a vintage big-hitting demo

Aakash Chopra analyses play from the run-fest in Mumbai, where Kings XI prevailed over the hosts

Supergiant missteps
Supergiant missteps

Should Tahir bowl more in the Powerplay? And should Pune look to top up their bowling resources? Aakash Chopra answers these questions and more

How Gambhir and Raina used their bowling resources
How Gambhir and Raina used their bowling resources

Aakash Chopra analyses the various bowling punts the two captains took during the game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions

Dissecting the Daredevils batting order
Dissecting the Daredevils batting order

Aakash Chopra analyses the Delhi Daredevils batting order, and offers insight into some of the more curious events during their game against Kolkata Knight Riders

The Narine gamble and Uthappa's innovations
The Narine gamble and Uthappa's innovations

Aakash Chopra explains why Kolkata Knight Riders chose to change a successful opening combination, how Robin Uthappa succeeded against Rashid Khan and more

How Harbhajan and dew hindered Sunrisers
How Harbhajan and dew hindered Sunrisers

Aakash Chopra analyses some of the major talking points from the match between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad

Rising Pune still piecing together bowling puzzle
Rising Pune still piecing together bowling puzzle

In terms of selection and the use of tactics - lack of spin in the Powerplay, and the chase - Rising Pune Supergiant seemed a few steps behind

Axar gets Watson again, Royal Challengers misuse Mills and Chahal
Axar gets Watson again, Royal Challengers misuse Mills and Chahal

Aakash Chopra dissects some of the tactics used by Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore in their meeting at Holkar Stadium

The keys to Rashid's success, and Warner's form
The keys to Rashid's success, and Warner's form

Aakash Chopra analyses some of the talking points from the game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions

Plan against bouncers can't be instinctive
Plan against bouncers can't be instinctive

The former India opener analyses different methods batsmen adopt while negotiating the short ball on Indian surfaces where inconsistency in bounce is a big factor

Kuldeep's height and angle befuddle Australia
Kuldeep's height and angle befuddle Australia

On a first-day pitch, Kuldeep Yadav outfoxed three Australian top-order batsmen with guile and his natural attributes

Jadeja's deception in pace, length and nature
Jadeja's deception in pace, length and nature

Ravindra Jadeja doesn't have all the tricks in a bowler's armoury, but he has mastered three facets of spin bowling that make him a weapon in the sub-continent

Patience makes Pujara the batsman
Patience makes Pujara the batsman

With his impeccable defensive technique, Cheteshwar Pujara is never flustered when the runs don't come as easily

Smith's runs trump aesthetics
Smith's runs trump aesthetics

Steven Smith is a classic example of the essentials of batting at the crease and the fact that some may find his game seemingly unaesthetic takes nothing away from its effectiveness

Warner in need of radical change in approach against Ashwin
Warner in need of radical change in approach against Ashwin

A solid defensive game, rotation of strike and adding boundary options - Aakash Chopra analyses what the Australian opener needs to do to succeed against the offspinner

Use your feet and play with a straight bat
Use your feet and play with a straight bat

Aakash Chopra looks at the technical changes the batsmen needed to make to score runs to tackle the variables of the Bengaluru pitch on the third day

Bounce was Lyon's key weapon to attack
Bounce was Lyon's key weapon to attack

Aakash Chopra analyses how Nathan Lyon used accuracy, bounce, revolutions and much more to end with as many as eight wickets on the first day in Bengaluru